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To Air Gap or Not To Air Gap? That is the question.


I'm in the process of redoing the kitchen.....we added a second sink...Prep sink. This is where the garbage disposal is going to be.

Our main sink (solid copper farm house style) is next to the dishwasher. No garbage disposal.

By CA code, I have to have an air gap. I totally understand the 'intent' of the air gap.

To be honest, the only time I've had issues with the dishwasher draining was when the garbage disposal was not ran (3 kids in this house)...then it backs up and pukes out the air gap.

All my plumbing is new. Quartz counter tops will be going on in a couple of weeks. But I'm going to have my final inspection next week for the plumbing and electrical.

I'm not real excited about having that air gap sticking out of my new quartz counter tops.

So....I guess I 'could' install the air gap for the purpose of the inspection....and not bother drilling the hole for it when the quartz is installed.

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I do not install them and try to avoid it where they are required.
Your dishwasher has a built in loop these days- unless you modify the discharge hose.
And if you do that, the loop can be done in your cabinet, under the sink.

FYI, my state code does not require them.... Looking good man!
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Thanks E. You pretty much confirmed what I suspected and read in other places.

Seems like the common trick is to install the air gap using the soap dispenser hole....then after inspection, remove the air gap and install the soap dispenser.
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I'd be using the pull out sprayer hole.
Everyone knows they will eventually stop filling the soap dispenser.
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I'd be using the pull out sprayer hole.
Everyone knows they will eventually stop filling the soap dispenser.
My new faucet is a single hole....and includes a pull out sprayer.

I'll have to post a pic of it....once I get home
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My new faucet is a single hole....and includes a pull out sprayer.

I'll have to post a pic of it....once I get home
Oh ya...forgot about the built in sprayer/spout deals. Shoot.
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Make sure your soap dispenser is top fill (thru the sink/counter). If it's bottom fill (unscrew bottle under sink) you will quit using it.
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Make sure your soap dispenser is top fill (thru the sink/counter). If it's bottom fill (unscrew bottle under sink) you will quit using it.
There will be no in counter soap dispenser. It's a lot easier to use one of those free standing pump soap dispensers.
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I agree free standing is better.
I got the impression you were thinking of using the in sink/counter one from post#3.
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Are you getting your plumbing final before granite goes down and then pulling the air gap?

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I had the same issue, brand new soapstone counter tops, wall mount faucet so there'd be no holes in counter top. Finally bought a recessed soap dish that mounts in the wall, drilled a hole in bottom for air gap hose and then mounted in the wall behind the faucet so that if it does spew water it will go right into the sink. Neat and tidy and all according to code here in KY where air gap is required and high loop is not allowed. Also thought about putting a tiled niche (like you'd find in a shower for shampoo bottles) and just mounting the air gap in there far to one side, leaving room for soap bottle and sponge too.
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